PM awards outstanding international LGBT+ activism charity founder

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 13:30

The Prime Minister has today, 15 May, recognised Elliot Vaughn, from London, for enabling people to support LGBT+ activism internationally through his charity GiveOut.

Having supported LGBT+ causes for years, Elliot recognised that many others were keen to support LGBT+ human rights around the world but didn’t know how to.

The charity raises funds from the British LGBT+ donor community, and allies, and makes grants to LGBT+ advocacy groups around the world to help them protect and promote LGBT+ human rights. GiveOut fundraised or received pledges of more than £250,000 in 2018, its first year, collaborating with prominent figures in the LGBT+ community, such as Antonia Belcher, Suki Sandhu OBE and Steve Wardlaw. In September 2018, the charity won ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ at the Third Sector Awards. GiveOut has been welcomed by parliamentarians from the APPG on Global LGBT+ Rights including Nick Herbert MP, Lord Cashman, and Baroness Barker, as well as charities including the Kaleidoscope Trust, OutRight International and ILGA, along with LGBT+ advocates around the world. GiveOut also has partnerships with the management consultancy BCG and events company Camm & Hooper.

Elliot is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements. Elliot's award comes ahead of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May, raising awareness of LGBT rights violations around the world.

In a personal letter to Elliot, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

"Through ‘Give Out’ you are providing a unique platform for people to donate to LGBT organisations outside the UK, helping distribute crucial donations to activists who are promoting equality across the globe. You should be extremely proud of what you have achieved and I wish you the very best in your continued work."

Elliot said:

“I am passionate about helping members of our LGBT+ community to show their solidarity and support for brilliant LGBT+ advocates around the world. It’s such a special and unexpected honour to have the Prime Minister recognise the impact that GiveOut is having. I am deeply inspired by the courage and work of LGBT+ human rights advocates around the world and dedicate this award to them.”

Elliot is the 1173rd winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.

Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.


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